[Coral-List] Fwd: 100 Yards of Hope Documentary Premiere on April 27

Bill Allison allison.billiam at gmail.com
Sat Apr 24 09:56:31 UTC 2021

Congratulations on your reach, Jon.
Now get the message right, as others have suggested, and you can really be
of service.

On Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 1:32 PM Jon slayer via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

> Noted the valid criticisms below and no doubt there are more. A question -
> how many coral reef research publications were showcased at the last two
> Superbowls? Force Blue were.
> https://www.nfl.com/causes/nfl-green/
> https://blog.padi.com/2020/01/29/force-blue-to-kick-off-100-yards-of-hope-at-super-bowl-liv/
> https://www.cbs42.com/sports/the-big-game/with-super-bowl-nearby-force-blue-on-a-mission-to-clean-oceans/
> How many will be showcased at the upcoming NFL Draft? Force Blue will be
> there.
> https://www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com/100-yards-of-hope/
> How do you engage the 18 million US Veterans and broader US population in
> coral reef conservation and environmental issues? Force Blue reaches people
> that otherwise would not hear about these issues.
> It may be easy to pick holes in the content of these media releases and
> the approach of Force Blue purely from an academic perspective but as a
> tool for communicating with our society Force Blue should be embraced by
> the Coral List community. I would encourage you to work with these guys,
> they have a lot to offer. Then you can help them get the messaging right
> too. They can help with your projects and help communicate them to people
> that would otherwise not hear, or care, about them.
> I am a veteran and Force Blue team member. Unusually for a veteran I have
> a background approaching 30 years of involvement in coral reef research and
> conservation. Force Blue bring veterans to a place where they can hear
> about and invest themselves in your work in the oceans. Engage with them
> https://forceblueteam.org/
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> Douglas Fenner via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
> Sent: 22 April 2021 22:13
> To: coral list <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Fwd: 100 Yards of Hope Documentary Premiere on April
> 27
> This message is too long, so here is an abstract:
> Robin's message is exciting sounding.
> But, Florida's reefs are not barrier reefs.
> The US actually has other barrier reefs in Hawaii, but they are very small.
> This project sounds to me like it is treating the symptoms of the problem,
> not the causes.  If we don't treat the causes, our projects are doomed to
> failure, sooner or later, wasted time, effort, and money.  Shouldn't we at
> least acknowledge that???
> Scale: such projects are necessarily minute in scale compared to the
> world's reefs.  100 yards of reef will not save reefs that are the size of
> the Great Barrier Reef, 2500 MILES long, not 100 yards.  It's a start, BUT
> reefs are too big, vastly too big.
> There are reasons the corals have been dying in Florida, from what I read,
> this project doesn't tackle any of them.  Coral disease has probably caused
> the most coral mortality in the western Atlantic, and is still killing
> lots.  We don't have good tools to stop it yet.  The latest and best
> research shows that Florida's water over it's reefs has way too many
> nutrients, which is killing the corals.  A restoration project's own
> published data shows that most of the corals they planted out die over
> time.  Why would we expect planted out corals to live any longer than those
> that are already naturally out there?  Yes, breeding for heat resistance
> can help.  But if we don't get greenhouse gas emissions, we're heading full
> speed towards a world so hot no coral will be able to survive, selective
> breeding or not.  Meantime, almost all corals planted out are doomed to die
> due to bad water quality and/or disease.
> OK, now the lengthy version:
> Robin,
> Wow, that's exciting!!  I guess it was written to be exciting.
> A couple of technical details.  The Florida reefs are not a barrier reef,
> although some people like to call them that.  Everybody wants to call their
> reef a barrier reef, presumably because the Great Barrier Reef is so
> famous.  The "Mesoamerican Barrier Reef" is not a barrier reef north of
> Belize, it is a fringing reef there.  Belize indeed has a barrier reef.
> Florida's living coral reefs, what are left of them, are tiny little
> things, most of which you'd need GPS to find.  They're not a barrier to
> anything.  The Florida Keys are indeed a string of islands that are very
> much of a barrier.  The shallow water around them is as well, ships have
> gone aground at times.  The Florida coral reefs have long been called the
> "Florida Reef Track."
> Second, actually, the U.S. does have some barrier reefs, Hawaii has a
> couple of quite small barrier reefs, one is on the north shore of Oahu at
> Kaneohe Bay, and the other on the north shore of Kauai.
> Your post says that this project will "lay the groundwork for future coral
> restoration worldwide".  Sounds like nobody else has been doing any coral
> restoration.  I'm told Fiji alone has 50 reef restoration projects.  Recent
> post on coral-list announced a new book with lots of chapters by people
> doing coral restoration, I presume some of the authors are scientists and
> that something is known about reef restoration already.
> More seriously:
> A major question is whether projects like this, particularly in Florida but
> also surely some other places (but just as surely not all), are treating
> the symptoms instead of the disease.  If you don't tackle what caused the
> loss of corals, planting corals will not "save a portion of the reef."
> May I commend people to an article by Mumby and Steneck, 2008, in
> particular Box 1, which is entitled "Active reef restoration: Great
> Expectations or Field of Dreams?"  It points out two problems: scale, and
> treating symptoms.
> Scale:  "To date, the largest active restoration project treated an area of
> 0.07 km2, which is six orders of magnitude less than the estimated global
> area of damaged coral [72]."  "100 Yards of Hope" when the Great Barrier
> Reef is 2500 miles long with about 2500 reefs, as long as Maine to
> Florida??  Yes, restoration can work on some small high-value reefs.  But
> you can't restore all the damaged reefs.  Is raising unrealistic hopes
> instead of tackling the real problems, a good idea??
>      For treating symptoms, it says "Treating the symptoms versus the
> causes of an unhealthy reef" and "A reef is considered unhealthy if it
> lacks the resilience needed for natural processes of recovery."  (does that
> sound like Florida?) and "The system can be so hostile to coral that the
> transplants die rapidly." and "As Edwards points out [72], active
> restoration has the greatest potential to stimulate recovery in systems of
> intermediate health."  That is, if a reef is in great health, there is no
> need for restoration, it hasn't lost.  And if it is in terrible shape, that
> means something damaged it.  Unless the causal factor is removed, whether
> it be mass coral bleaching, disease, bad water quality, overfishing,
> whatever, then "restoring" a reef will be a very temporary exercise, the
> corals planted out will die at rates similar to the natural coral.  A lot
> of money and effort will have been wasted with no permanent benefit.  Are
> the Florida reefs in great health, intermediate health, or terrible
> health???  I'm no expert, I don't study them, but from what I read it does
> NOT sound good, I doubt they are in intermediate health.  More likely they
> are in their final death throes.  But maybe I've been reading too much
> exaggerated alarmist reports.
> Which reminds me of a recent paper from Florida by Ware et al.  Their
> abstract states "Survivorship among projects based on colony counts ranged
> from 4% to 89% for seven cohorts monitored at least five years. Weibull
> survival models were used to estimate survivorship beyond the duration of
> the projects and ranged from approximately 0% to over 35% after five years
> and 0% to 10% after seven years."  Does that sound like success to
> people??  How should success be measured, by number of corals planted out
> (even if most or all will die?), is 90% survival success?  50%?  35%?  10%
> 0%???  There is an old saying about yachts, that the definition of a yacht
> is a hole in the water you pour money into (maintenance, no doubt).
> So how about that Florida water?  Does that have anything to do with the
> decline of the reefs there?  Granted, coral disease has had a major impact
> in Florida and the Caribbean, and the new disease is killing much of what
> is left.  And a cure-all for coral disease is surely not at hand and seems
> a long way off.  But a coral-list post not that long ago pointed to a study
> documenting in great detail the problems with Florida water in the keys.
> My understanding is that millions or probably 10's of millions or more is
> being spent to build wastewater treatment plants on the Florida Keys, where
> until they are built, sewage water is pumped into wells down into the
> highly porous carbonate rock under everything, some of which eventually
> comes out nearer the reefs.
> Anybody who wants to see what Florida looks like underwater, Joe Pawlick
> has posted on coral list links to several videos taken there.  Lots of
> gorgonians, some sponges, and precious few live corals.  Very sad and
> disheartening.
> I must acknowledge that many project leaders realize if we don't get the
> threats that cause the loss of corals fixed, coral restoration will not
> bring the reefs back.  In some or many restoration sites, the water quality
> is good.  Some projects outplant corals that are more heat tolerant than
> other corals (but if we continue business as usual, emissions and global
> warming will kill any "supercoral" anybody can breed.)  I also acknowledge
> that there is a good argument for buying time for major threats like global
> warming and water quality to be reduced.  But don't we need to do some
> critical thinking and be realistic about the continuing causes of loss of
> corals and our chance of restoring badly degraded reefs??
> I have full sympathy.  We are ALL incredibly frustrated.  The problems that
> HAVE to be solved are so large and great, and there is SO much resistance
> to solving any of them, a single person or small project is way too tiny.
> And I agree, we have to try things, sometimes against great odds, when we
> are as desperate as we are now.  I like the idea of presenting sucess
> stories as well as gloom and doom stories.  But is planting out thousands
> of corals in Florida and then they almost all die, a success story????
> Mumby and Steneck.  2008.  Coral reef management and conservation in light
> of rapidly evolving ecological paradigms.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution
> 23(10)
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> Ware et al  Survivorship and growth in staghorn coral *(Acropora
> cervicornis)* outplanting projects in the Florida Keys National Marine
> Sanctuary
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> Thirty years of unique data reveal what's really killing coral reefs
> https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fau.edu%2Fnewsdesk%2Farticles%2Flooe-key-study.php&data=04%7C01%7C%7C1b4a3dfea7ee4831e3dd08d90644a734%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637547714195223404%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=IDDkP6RZjn8J1UigmpHBA%2Fs79YVnbbYkWFDEi4zEiTY%3D&reserved=0
> Anthropogenic nutrient enrichment of seagrass and coral reef communities in
> the lower Florida Keys: discrimination of local versus regional nitrogen
> sources
> https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sciencedirect.com%2Fscience%2Farticle%2Fabs%2Fpii%2FS0022098104000875&data=04%7C01%7C%7C1b4a3dfea7ee4831e3dd08d90644a734%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637547714195223404%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=qQHSJgoNXp4yxZzegs5nK42zurFEkfUqdfe3L5wJQ%2BA%3D&reserved=0
> Cheers, Doug
> On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 1:56 PM Robin Garcia - NOAA Affiliate via
> Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:
> > The world premiere of 100 Yards of Hope,a documentary about the unique
> > Super Bowl restoration of a football field-sized coral reef, will debut
> > during NFLDraft week in Cleveland, the host city of this year’s Draft.The
> > film features the work of FORCE BLUE, a team of retired Special
> > Operations military
> > divers dedicated to saving America’s only barrier coral reef. NFLGreen
> > teamed
> > up with FORCE BLUE, scientists, natural resource managers and NFL
> partners
> > who came together to save a portion of the reef off the coast of Miami
> and
> > lay
> > the groundwork for future coral restoration worldwide. The Greater
> > Cleveland Aquarium will host the world premiere virtually on Tuesday,
> April
> > 27, 2021 at 10AM EDT.
> >
> > Those who are interested in watching the world premiere can register to
> > receive the link to watch for free on the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s
> > website at
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> >
> > Students from the Cleveland area will be featured following the premiere
> as
> > they direct questions to marine scientist Dalton Hesley and former Navy
> > SEAL Steve “Gonzo” Gonzalez. Schools who register for the premiere will
> > also receive coral education learning links and the chance to win a
> Greater
> > Cleveland Aquarium virtual field trip for a future date.The National
> > Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program
> > (NOAA CRCP) worked with FORCE BLUE and provided funding for the creation
> of
> > the100 Yardsof Hope documentary to increase awareness of the threat to
> > coral reefs and this unique collaboration to address it.
> >
> > *Robin Garcia*
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